Ricciardo “surprised” by Bottas’ lack of pace at F1 Italian GP – F1

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Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo says he was surprised by how much Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas struggled for pace during Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix, having battled together throughout the race.

Ricciardo passed Bottas at the start and stayed ahead of him until the safety car period and subsequent pit stops, when they swapped positions.

He then followed the Mercedes for the rest of the race, eventually finishing right behind it in sixth place.

Bottas later reported a handling issue, with the car proving especially difficult in right handers.

“Valtteri didn’t look particularly quick for their, let’s say, normalcy,” said Ricciardo.

“Today in the first stint I got him on lap one, and then I expected him to come back by me pretty soon after, and he didn’t.

“And I think at some point I was actually pulling away.

“I know we haven’t been slow this weekend. But of course, we’re also

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Bottas “not sure how happy Red Bull is now” with F1 engine party mode ban

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Valtteri Bottas is “not sure how happy Red Bull is now” with the ban on Formula 1 engine ‘party modes’ after Mercedes dominated qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Mercedes swept to a front row lockout at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza as Lewis Hamilton scored his 94th F1 pole position, edging out team-mate Bottas.

Third-placed driver Carlos Sainz Jr from McLaren was a distant eight-tenths of a second off the pole time, while Hamilton’s lap was a new track record, setting the fastest average lap speed in F1 history.

Mercedes’ domination came despite the FIA’s ban on changing engine modes through qualifying and the race via a technical directive, stopping teams from using their high-power setting, also known as “party mode”.

Bottas said after qualifying that he was not sure how happy Red Bull would now be with its move to try and get the technical

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Bottas “not sure how happy Red Bull is now” with F1 engine party mode ban – F1

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Valtteri Bottas is “not sure how happy Red Bull is now” with the ban on Formula 1 engine ‘party modes’ after Mercedes dominated qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Mercedes swept to a front row lockout at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza as Lewis Hamilton scored his 94th F1 pole position, edging out team-mate Bottas.

Third-placed driver Carlos Sainz Jr from McLaren was a distant eight-tenths of a second off the pole time, while Hamilton’s lap was a new track record, setting the fastest average lap speed in F1 history.

Mercedes’ domination came despite the FIA’s ban on changing engine modes through qualifying and the race via a technical directive, stopping teams from using their high-power setting, also known as “party mode”.

Bottas said after qualifying that he was not sure how happy Red Bull would now be with its move to try and get the technical directive pushed through, as

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F1 Italian GP: Hamilton heads Monza second practice from Bottas – F1

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Lewis Hamilton topped second practice for Formula 1’s 2020 Italian Grand Prix at Monza ahead of Valtteri Bottas, while Daniel Ricciardo lost third to a track limits violation.

Ricciardo’s loss for running too wide at the exit of the Parabolica meant Lando Norris finished third despite missing much of the middle part of the session as McLaren investigated a possible power unit problem, ahead of Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen.

Under cloudless skies at Monza – where ever more Ferrari banners were being unfurled in the empty main grandstand opposite the team’s garage during FP2 – the second 90-minute session got off to a low-key start before Kimi Raikkonen emerged in his Alfa Romeo.

The 2007 world champion, who at one stage in the early running held a wild snap of oversteer as he exited the second, set the initial benchmark at 1m22.959s on the medium rubber, before he was

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Bottas: Mercedes’ F1 Friday advantage at Monza “slightly surprising” – F1

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Valtteri Bottas says he found it “slightly surprising” to see Mercedes so far clear of its Formula 1 rivals in Friday’s practice running for the Italian Grand Prix.

Bottas was able to lead Mercedes to a 1-2 finish in first practice on Friday at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza before team-mate Lewis Hamilton edged clear in the second afternoon session.

Both sessions saw Mercedes finish well clear of the rest of the field, with third-placed Lando Norris lapping almost nine-tenths of a second off the pace in FP2 for McLaren.

Red Bull has often been Mercedes’ closest competitor through the 2020 so far, but Max Verstappen could only finish the day fifth-fastest, over a second off Hamilton’s leading time.

Bottas said after practice that he was largely happy with the day despite needing to find some rear stability in places, but was surprised that Mercedes’ advantage was so big.

“It felt

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Mercedes working on solution for Bottas’ numb leg problem – F1

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Mercedes is working on a solution to avoid a repeat of the numb leg problem that Valtteri Bottas experienced during the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes Formula 1 driver reported towards the end of last weekend’s race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps that he was feeling some numbness in his left leg.

Bottas revealed after the race that a stiff brake pedal had resulted in the issue occurring on “a couple” of occasions already through the 2020 season.

“There’s been a couple of races this year where we have a really stiff brake pedal, and I get this numbness because I have to press it so hard,” the 31-year-old said on Sunday at Spa.

“It just happened again. It’s not ideal. It’s not very comfortable and can lead to mistakes.”

Speaking in Thursday’s FIA press conference ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Bottas confirmed that Mercedes was working

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Mercedes explains Bottas “miscommunication” over Spa F1 overtake modes

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Toto Wolff has explained the radio exchange with Valtteri Bottas over using a push mode to catch Lewis Hamilton in the opening stages of Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Mercedes swept to its sixth victory of the 2020 F1 season as Hamilton led Bottas home for a 1-2 finish, extending its lead over Red Bull in the drivers’ championship.

Hamilton led every lap of the race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, having kept Bottas at bay in the opening stages before controlling the gap at the front.

Bottas was heard asking if he had “one push” available to try and catch Hamilton in the early part of the race when he sat just outside the one-second DRS window.

Bottas’ engineer informed the Finn that he did, but “we agreed not to use it against each other”, to which Bottas replied: “I never heard of

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Mercedes explains Bottas “miscommunication” over Spa F1 overtake modes – F1

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Toto Wolff has explained the radio exchange with Valtteri Bottas over using a push mode to catch Lewis Hamilton in the opening stages of Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Mercedes swept to its sixth victory of the 2020 F1 season as Hamilton led Bottas home for a 1-2 finish, extending its lead over Red Bull in the drivers’ championship.

Hamilton led every lap of the race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, having kept Bottas at bay in the opening stages before controlling the gap at the front.

Bottas was heard asking if he had “one push” available to try and catch Hamilton in the early part of the race when he sat just outside the one-second DRS window.

Bottas’ engineer informed the Finn that he did, but “we agreed not to use it against each other”, to which Bottas replied: “I never heard of that.”

Mercedes team principal Wolff explained

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Bottas in “good spirits” over 2020 F1 title fight – F1

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Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says he’s in “good spirits” for the 2020 title fight after putting the frustration of the Spanish Grand Prix behind him.

After finishing third in Barcelona behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen a despondent Bottas said he could already see the 2020 F1 world championship “drifting away”.

He is currently third in the title race, 43 points behind Hamilton and six adrift of Verstappen.

However the Finn, who turns 31 today, says that he has taken time out in a bid to reset ahead of the next triple-header of F1 races starting this weekend at the Belgian GP.

“It was a disappointing weekend and obviously there were a few races that just didn’t go my way, and far from what the goal was,” Bottas said at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday.

“Of course it’s disappointing when you go all-in for the sport and to try

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Bottas blames black overalls for 3kg loss in F1 Spanish GP – F1

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Valtteri Bottas says he lost three kilograms during the Spanish Grand Prix and believes the black overalls worn by the Mercedes Formula 1 drivers were a factor.

Early in the Barcelona race Bottas, who finished the Spanish GP in third place, was heard telling his engineer on the radio, “these black overalls are f**cking hot” as air temperatures reached 30 degrees Celsius.

The move from white to black racing overalls was part of a pre-season rebranding that saw Mercedes also switch its car from its traditional silver livery to black as part of its ongoing diversity and anti-racism message.

“It was really hot in the car,” Bottas said after the race. “This year, it’s been even hotter in the car. Obviously, we had to change the colour of the overalls. And it’s known that black colour takes more of the heat, especially when there’s direct sun.

“I don’t know any

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